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Diana McCall has served as a community organizer and educator for nearly two decades in Western North Carolina as former manager of the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden and her role at a VR Teambuilding business, Better Than Unicorns.

This Week I Learned

  1. Community Gardens have some unknown benefits for their area such as:
    1. A positive impact on neighborhood security
    2. An increase of nearly 10% on surrounding property values
    3. Every $1 invested in a community garden creates $6 worth of food
    4. View more details here
  2. Scientists have discovered an affordable and accessible way to destroy ‘forever chemicals using soap, solvent, and water. This will enable people around the world to reclaim their land and water from these forever chemicals much quicker and easier than ever before. Source
  3. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.

Episode Recap

Diana shared her background with building a community garden in Black Mountain NC from its first days to a wildly successful operation with hundreds of gardeners and volunteers, producing over 6,000lbs of food per year. Her leadership over 15 years was critical to its success and during this time, she learned how to motivate and lead people through values.

This experience translates well into her role at Better Than Unicorns, which uses virtual reality for team training at businesses, non-profits, and other organizations. Their programs focus on creating collaborative play experiences between team members that helps them learn valuable lesson for life and work.

Transformations happens this way… first there is a relevation within ourselves. We become keenly aware of something innate within us that has put us on our path. And once you know something, you can’t unknow it.

Diana McCall

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Guest Bio

Diana McCall has served as a community organizer and educator for nearly two decades in Western North Carolina. In her former role as manager of the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, she facilitated partnerships with numerous agencies and institutions to educate her community on how to grow, access and prepare healthy food for themselves and their families. 

Her work as a facilitator supports community driven growth and development. Her techniques emphasize Asset Based Community Development and participatory engagement strategies, nurturing the seeds of strength and wisdom inherent within every group of people. She has been a practitioner of Kundalini Yoga for 22 years and a teacher for the past 12. 

She is the proud mother of Cyrus, Eden and True and powerful wife to Brett McCall. She supports their family business Better Than Unicorns with her facilitation magic.

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